There weren’t any show notes on the seats at Jill Stuart’s show, but my take is that she was feeling “forest nymph.” From the owl and fox prints to the flashes of persimmon everywhere, the whole thing had a very autumn-in-a-magic-forest vibe.
The animal prints gave way to fur on vests and skirts that I can only classify as a Bambi print—it looked quite fawnish. Skins were big news, and she did a fabulous drop-waist dress made of leather and suede.
Speaking of dresses, they were easy, pleated, and generally fell below the knee. The dresses in the middle of the run were the best of show: color blocked yet simple in vibrant jewel tones. The green and teal combo with a hint of red was a winner. There was a whiff of ’70s vibe, especially when shown with platform and stacked heel loafers.
Jill finished the show with frocks suitable for a forest fairy. Rose gold and copper colored metallic panels mixed with softer colors; but these were my least favorite looks of the show. (Perhaps if she had slapped an owl on here or there they would have been a bit more compelling.)
Jill Stuart’s shows have become known as a stomping ground for, um, up-and-coming celebrities, but the front row on Saturday was fairly muted. I saw Mena Suvari (who had toned her big blonde ‘do down considerably since I saw her at Christian Siriano), but there was nary a Kardashian or Gossip Girl in sight.
Owls and foxes are cuter anyway.
**All photos: IMAXTREE